Shoebox Appeal 2022

Each year we run a nationwide shoebox appeal to provide Christmas gifts to vulnerable children and families.

Last years shoebox appeal

“Christmas is coming, and, right now, I think, children need us to be more present for them. Now is the biggest need.” – Dima Nachyna

Who gets the shoeboxes?

Your shoebox will be given to a vulnerable child, or family, through schools, nurseries, hospitals and orphanages. Our aim is that each box is given in relationship with the local community as part of a long-term commitment to these children.

Please be a part of this ongoing story that is continuing to impact and change lives by donating a shoebox to this year’s appeal!

Where do the shoeboxes go?

This year the shoeboxes will be heading to the Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Bosnia and Romania.

How can I get involved?

Get involved by heading over to our shoebox guide using the link below and follow the steps to create your shoebox this Christmas.

About the Shoebox Appeal

It is over 25 years since the Cooke family originated the idea of the ‘Christmas Shoebox’, asking children in the UK to fill shoeboxes with stocking fillers for Romanian orphans. In 2015, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary and returned to Cluj-Napoca, Romania to re-visit Dave’s original partner from 1990 Liviu Balas, and brought shoeboxes to the marginalised communities there. The current need is still extraordinary and the power of the shoebox has never faded.